LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Rebecca Soni of the United States competes in the Women's 200m Breaststroke Final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 2, 2012 in London, England. Soni set a new world …
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TULSA - Some random thoughts with 1 week of Olympics to go for 2012.
USA hasn't slowed down one bit in the swimming pool, but what is with the Australians? I thought they were supposed to be good in the water. Maybe the shark attacks have kept the Aussies out of the water.
Michael Phelps and his 18 gold medals. He may have slowed down some, but when you think he has been training for 16 straight years of his life for the Olympics, what a feat!
Speaking of disappearing, what in the world is up with USA boxers? We were dominate in this sport for a long time. Remember when our arch rival was Cuba, and the Russians. Our boxers have faded big time since the days of Howard Cosell at ringside. George Foreman needs to campaign for some members of out youth to get in the ring, not on the streets. On the first day 3 USA boxers were sent to the canvas. We have one left out of 7, and that bout had to be overturned by the judges to keep us alive.
With all the drama surrounding the pool and the gymnast apparatus, i still think the most excitement comes from the track. And this week most of the coverage will be at the Olympic Stadium for Track and Field.
Though Al Michaels would play more of a role in the NBC coverage.
How is this for a reversal of coverage. NBC just finished with research from the first week of the games. After getting hammered by critics for not showing more events live, it turns out more people want to know what happens, and enjoy the excitement later. Research reveals viewers have no problem with events being tape- delayed, to be shown at a more convenient prime time, and they really don;t care if they know the results before they watch. Go figure. The ratings are so good, NBC is now going to make money. Before the Olympics, the network projected they would lose $200 million.
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